Friday, August 28, 2009

Jockey's in the Wild

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Family Tech Support

A True Tech Truth

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wireless Power is Here

This is very cool.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mace Is "Da Man"!

Thank goodness Mace Windu didn't assert his manliness or Darth Vader might never have been created.

Sometimes You Are Better Off Not Knowing

Sears Takes Brave New Direction

A hacker with a sense of humor made it look like Sear was taking the lead in an interesting new culinary trend, cannibal cuisine.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oh, S#!%

This one is for you, SDP.

Interesting Idea - Corporate Charter Schools

For over a decade US high-tech companies have complained that the US is not turning out enough Engineering talent to meet their needs. This forces them to look elsewhere for the properly trained people. Why not turn to intellectual farming? Using the rules for Charter Schools already in place, perhaps it is time for high tech companies to get into the education business and create specialized schools geared toward training the next generation of engineering graduates.

These schools would have easy access to equipment and a large knowledge base via guest lecturers from the corporation running the school.

Of course there would be a concern about training a student only to lose them to another organization but people tend to gravitate toward the familiar so I would think that students who attended a school run by a particular corporate entity would probably look there first for employment.

These schools would be funded just as other charter schools are, so would not prove to be a drain on corporate finances.

It seems to me like a win-win for everyone.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

WOOT! Dark Sun is Coming Back

WOOT! Wizards of the Coast just announced that their Dark Sun campaign setting is coming back in 2010. I wish I had been at GenCon for this announcement. I know that some folks hated Dark Sun, but I always enjoyed the aesthetic feel of the campaign, especially the fantastic art produced by the artist Brom.

The Budget Crisis Deepens

GI Joe Style PSA

More Monster Manual Comix

These get really old-school on the strangeness of the original AD&D monsters.

Great Gaming Furniture

This would be ideal furniture for people with limited space for a huge gaming table. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with such a great space saving device.

Abandoned Halo Test Footage

Neill Blomkamp produced this test footage while he was preparing to direct the now abandoned Halo movie. It is a shame the movie didn't get made because his new film District 9 and this footage tells me the Halo movie would have been excellent. Maybe it can be resurrected.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Human Powered Hovercraft

One of the coolest things ever

Thursday, August 13, 2009

PETA Hates People

This spoof shows how absurd PETA's outlook is.

Advocacy Group Decries PETA's Inhumane Treatment Of Women

Ewww, Not a Way to Advertise Laptops

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Essence of the Role of a DM

This post on the Dungeon Mastering Blog blew me away. It was a suggestion on how to improve your gaming session in 12.5 seconds. I believe that it distills the true role of a DM in any game.

New DM trick made my games instantly better

I recently tried something new. Before a game I tell players:

“We are building a story together. You can make assumptions about the situations and encounters your characters are in and my job is to go along with whatever you’re assuming unless it directly contradicts something that was already established.”

I tried it twice so far and it has a major effect on my session. Players stop asking the DM for trivial information. If they’re in an inn, they assume there are sharp knives nearby if they need one. If they’re in a mansion, they assume there is a expensive art pieces and tapestries if that’s needed for their next smart surprise move to work. Whenever they need something from their environment, players are now free to add to the world, build the story, and move the plot forward without having to double-check minor details with the DM.


A Whole Case of Crazy

This woman insists that she is not only the biological mother of all three of Michael Jackson's kids, but also the biological mother of Conner Cruise, Tom Cruise's adopted son. Where are the guys with the butterfly nets and straight jacket when you need them?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Alive in Joburg

This is the mocumentary that the upcoming film District 9 is based on. It was directed by the same guy. I am looking forward to the movie.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fanboys are Never Satisfied

Old School Nintendo

Concealed Weapon Alert

Apparently, a man from Houston was arrested and searched a total of five times at two different holding facilities before it was discovered that he had a pistol in his possession. It seems that the fellow was so large that he was able to conceal the weapon within his Jabba-folds. Ewwwwww...!


Ex-Perv(?) Just Wants to Help

Ex-Pedophile Shares Tips On How To Make Your Kids Less Attractive

Charles Nelson Riley is "Da Man" - Weird Al Style

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Monday, August 3, 2009